How to Prevent Your Dog from Getting Rabies

Rabies, although not a frequent infliction for pet health, can be transmitted to our prospective friends. Simply because one raccoon or alternative carrier tests positive for rabies doesn’t mean that there won’t be others. That being said, it doesn’t mean that we’re in the middle of a rabies epidemic. At this time the main issue is education on the virus and the risk factors. Learn more here.

Most people consider the film ‘Cujo’ whenever they consider rabies. They see that a crazy vicious dog that attacks everything, the reality is much different where pet health is concerned. Rabies is a virus that affects the mind and can manifest itself in many ways like strange behavior, shocking, and fatigue. After an animal or an individual has been bitten it could take months for symptoms to develop. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no cure. Rabies is a virus that is terminal once it reaches the brain and physical symptoms start. Worldwide there are around 60,000 deaths every year from rabies. Only 1 person has ever survived being infected but she won’t ever recover from the brain damage she continued. 

There are a few species that are deemed high risk for rabies and may have an effect on pet health. The most important threat is raccoons with 154 cases or 63.6% of wild animal cases in certain countries in the US. After raccoons, skunks had 42 instances or 17.4 percent, bats had 28 instances or 11.5 percent, and foxes with 16 cases or 7.5 percent. In our domestic animals, a very surprising statistic shows up with just more than ten percent of carriers would be our pets. The national average is much wider with 75% of national animal infections being cats. Another interesting statistic is the fact that pets and people have generally different dangers for vulnerability. Overwhelmingly our pets are infected by raccoons, skunks, and foxes. In humans, global 95 percent of those illnesses occurred through dog bites. Having your pet vaccinated against rabies is your best way to maintain a layer of protection between wild animals and humans. Secondly, bats are a massive threat, usually, because bites go unnoticed due to how the bats reside in the attic of the home. Usually, bat bites are small and we could also sleep. It is essential to check your attic and roof for signs of bats and have them removed if found. To safeguard our pets a few simple steps also have to be taken. To begin with, making sure your animal is current on vaccines is remarkably significant.

At this time, there are equally single-celled and three-year vaccines available. If your pet is not present on its own vaccines, and the animal that bit your furry friend was a raccoon, a fox, or a skunk you will have to call the local police and alert the health department. They may wish the wild creature caught or killed to have it tested for rabies. There’s another benefit to having your pet vaccinated. If they bite an individual and are current on their vaccines they then have to be quarantined for just 10 days for observation. If a pet is unvaccinated or past due on vaccines and it bites a person it will have to be quarantined for six months to be detected for symptoms. The bottom line for our pets is the rabies vaccine functions and without it, you’re carrying a lot of risks with the number of rabies cases we’ve seen in our region. Please report any strange acting animals to Environmental Health or Animal Control and do not take things into your own hands.

Preventive health care, including routine exams, parasite prevention, puppy vaccinations, and good nutrition are important to ensure your pet has a long, happy life.

At Poster Veterinary Associates, we consider consistent prevention to be the secret to life-long health for the pets we treat.

We’ll work with you to create a customized strategy for your pet. Our preventive health care options will help ensure your pet is happy and healthy.